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Sights and smells of FM2 may pull you in on a Saturday morning
'Darrell Andrew had the first tomatoes I saw as I walked into the market. They weren't just any tomatoes, they were imperfect in shape and color, warm, fresh from the stalk tomatoes that made me want to bring them to my face, inhale their sweet aroma and then take a bite, like I did as a child following my mom through our gardens in Sulphur Well. I decided not to do that before purchasing. - LW
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By Linda Waggener
If you walk by or roll by with the windows down on a Columbia, KY Saturday morning, the signts and smells of the Farmers Market on the Square, FM2, at the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets, will entice you to stop.
The aromas of breakfast warming, coffee making, steaks grilling, lunch preparation starting in the little yellow truck will call to your senses. The earthy smells of garden plants and of vegetables will surround you -- tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, and that doesn't begin to say how happy yours eyes will be at the sights of reds, greens, yellows and purples.
There are acquaintances old and new to wave hello to and enjoy coffee with.
Darrell Bunnell is a familiar sight at FM2, with vegetables sprawling over two booths. His family also brings fresh baked breads. He gives a patient smile when asked, again, "do you have any basil this week?"
Darrell Andrew had the first tomatoes I saw as I walked into the market. They weren't just any tomatoes, they were imperfect in shape and color, warm, fresh from the stalk tomatoes that made me want to bring them to my face, inhale their sweet aroma and then take a bite, like I did as a child following my mom through our gardens in Sulphur Well. I decided not to do that before purchasing.
Sandy Scott shared names of her house plants and her booth shaded by all the greens was very inviting.
There was music at FM2 this day, live music. Renetta & Friends, a band of Adair and Green County folks with a bit of Nashville among them. They performed their particular brand of music, Roots Americana, and made even more friends at the Farmers Market on the Square Saturday, July 8, 2017. They were a popular attraction at the Homeplace on Green River for PlowDays and will be back there this fall.
The band's Renetta Underwood is the singer, from Greensburg; Kenny Griffin, is the drummer, and Ruth Griffin, is base and acoustic guitarist, they are both from Columbia and Nashville. And Mike Fried (pronounced freed, not like it's spelled), plays guitar and more, and he is from Nashville. Their picking and singing made me want to visit our professional sound recording studio on the square and learn about the talent coming through town.
There are crafts and kitchen items from potholders at Donna Jones' booth to gourds made into bird houses that attract blue birds, sparrows and robins at the corner booth of Paula Meier who brings her crafts and garden items from eastern Taylor County to the Farmers Market on the Square in Columbia every Saturday. Paula was able to enlighten me about the scenes of Amish homes in the area which host many white bird houses hanging on wires from one building to another. Those are sized perfectly, she said, for purple martins which eat mosquitos. Sign me up! I'm also considering guineas which are said to love the taste of ticks. If any readers own these birds, I hope to hear of your experiences.
Adair County is fortunate to have two Farmers Markets, meaning that four of seven days fresh vegetables and fruits are available.
This story was posted on 2017-07-08 15:25:54
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